Award for security officers top up is a qualification that has been developed to meet the mandatory SIA top up training requirement for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry.
The qualification is supported by Skills for Security, the Sector Skills Body for the security sector.
Qualified learners who complete the qualification will be eligible to apply to renew their SIA Security Officer licence.
To complete this qualification learners are expected to undertake approximately 6 hours of learning. The SIA stipulates a minimum of 1 hour and 50 minutes contact time (0.5-days) if self-study is undertaken.
The qualifications consist of two units:
- Unit 1: Principles of Terror Threat Awareness in the Private Security Industry.
- Unit 2: Principles of Minimising Personal Risk for Security Officers in the Private Security Industry.
- Unit 1: Externally set and marked multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination made up of 10 questions (20 minutes)
- Unit 2: Externally set and marked multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination made up of 16 questions (25 minutes).